An unbeatable choice of places to eat, from famous coaching inns to Michelin-listed restaurants
The Lake District is justifiably famous for its great choice of eating places – but you don’t have to leave the Troutbeck valley to experience the very best the Lakes has to offer.
Just a few minutes’ walk through the village, there are two famous Lakeland inns, The Queen’s Head and The Mortal Man, both offering real log fires, a hearty Cumbrian meal, or a foaming pint of real ale.
Or for something a bit more special, about a mile down the Troutbeck Valley we’ve got two wonderful country-house restaurants at Holbeck Ghyll and Broadoaks. Both are truly splendid and a bit posh. They’re both listed in the Michelin Guide, and Holbeck Ghyll even boasted a covetted Michelin star until September 2014.
Less than 100 yards from Fellside Studios, this bright and cheerful place was extensively refurbished in 2013 by our Village Institute. It's recently been taken over by Lynn and Alan Salter, who will be keeping it open every day right through Summer.
Just a few minutes walk from Fellside Studio's front door, the Queen's Head is one of the Lake District's most famous pubs. The main room, with its massive Elizabethan carved-oak bar and two log fires, is the best place to eat or drink, but at most evenings in summer you'll need to book (online) to get a table.
An even shorter walk from Fellside's front door is the Mortal Man. Generally quieter than its rival, with a good choice of ales, bar meals, a traditional tap-room with open fires, and a dining room with stunning views looking straight down the valley towards Lake Windermere. In summer there can't be a better place to enjoy a pint after your walk than the Mortal's beautiful lawned garden.
One of the very best Lakeland country-house restaurants, featured in Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's film 'The Trip', and with a Michelin star for over 10 years until 2014. The oak-panelled dining rooms and lounges have many Arts and Crafts features, stunning views across Windermere, and amazing food and service. Lunch is less pricey, and you can stroll in the gardens all afternoon, but in the evenings there's a real sense of occasion (perfect for very important birthday celebrations!)
Another beautiful Arts and Crafts country-house, with magnificent oak panelling and William Morris plasterwork, perfectly situated in seven acres of lawned gardens overlooking the lower Trout Beck. Intimate and relaxed dining; excellent food, warm and friendly service.
Monica & Brian Liddell
Fellside House, Troutbeck, near Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1NN, England
Tel: 015394 34000